Wow, finally a complete board of my first show ! (I'd already seen Kingfish in '75 at the now defunct, Fox Venice Movie Theatre in L.A., as well as the Garcia Band, (only time I saw him with Keith and Donna unfortunately), at the Santa Monica Civic back in May of this year; besides having heard the live broadcast on the now defunct KMET in L.A. of the San Francisco Great American Music Hall show the previous year when it was put on the air, (I like to think of that that was my "zeroth" show since that was an invitation only show); so I knew what they were capable of)!
I've had that end of the first set part, that Gans put it on the air since he broadcast it, so I knew this existed. That ending to "Dancin' in the Street" during the end of which Bob announces the break before they'd even stopped yet, struck me as so spontaneously casual, and indicative of their style; but I never saw him do that again! Also I don't recall ever again seeing Garcia at least extensively, (probably because he later had more advanced equipment), use a slide while his foot was on a wah pedal in the Dancin' jam.
But luckily Rob Bertando's audience recording, what gen.(?) has held me over ever since early '78? This board doesn't have much gain. On the other hand, it isn't distorted, not to imply Rob's is. I also miss the ambience I got used to . We can't forget the fact that this is The Who's P.A.; which Grateful Dead, borrowed again for Egypt! I always wondered in what part of the stadium was Dr. Bertrando? I had a big overlap in my copy of the second set, since the guy I got it from was not to flexible about checking where my cassette would flip vs. the reel copy he had of unknown lineage but most likely first or second generation?
I remember this guy near me who had arrived around the beginning of the second set saying he only wanted to see The Who. But by the middle of "Brown Eyed Woman" he was asking "Wow, what is the name of that song?" I didn't really answer him straight, but waited until the chorus came around, pointed and started singing along, yet didn't stop after the word "Women", just continued, smiling! So whether or not he caught on, that that was the title? But in any case, he was by then, a convinced "Dead Head"! There are photos from this or the day before inside the Warner Bros. double vinyl compellation release "What a long strange trip it's been". All the songs on that had previously been issued on albums except for the ~1 1/2 min. single version of "Dark Star" with the banjo at the end; making it the only thing on the album worth buying it for!
Moreover, the poster that Kelly/Mouse designed for these "Days on the green #8 & 9", opening for the Who, is a big green one. (Also my first time I saw The Who, since I previously sold my Who tickets in L.A. in favor of going skiing at Mammoth earlier this year instead. Only time I saw Keith Moon, who had a red and white horizontal stripped shirt on; there is a video of them released of the next to the last show he was at in 1977 in England where The Who look exactly like at this show)! Like Bill Graham said at 11:00
A.M. "On a nice Sunday morning the Grateful Dead!" You don't have to read the following part, it is just my childhood memories, good and bad, in relation to this show.
My father sure got pissed at me for skipping high school to go up north to this show, but I was getting good grades anyway! He said after he found my stub, which I stupidly left in my pants when he was doing the laundry, "Don't you ever go to a concert again".(Or was that my ticket to my second show 1976-10-15 at the Shrine in L.A.?) Although both of us went to see Dylan/The Band together two years prior to this as well as the Hendrix Rainbow Bridge film. A couple years after I'd finally got out of college but still hadn't gone to grad school yet I took him to the second Ventura show in '85, (i.e
. I suspected but he denied that by that point he could accept my lifestyle more so than when I was only 17 since I had a job. I never of course, told him that during that film I was trippin', but I wasn't at the Ventura second '85 show with him however). Anyway, enough about me, the show was quite memorable, and I feel fortunate that the first four shows I saw were all increasingly fantastic!